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Funding Opportunities - Student Affairs

Becoming a well-rounded student includes developing experience inside and outside the classroom. As such, several funds have been established to help students participate in initiatives that are non-academic in nature, such as coordinating events for other students, for travel, and to attend conferences while enrolled at the University of Guelph. Respective contact information or documents are listed below each funding description:

The Campus Safety Grant is provided by the Ministry of Colleges and Universities (MCU) to address safety and security needs on campus, specifically including those related to addressing sexual violence and harassment. The Campus Safety Grant at the University of Guelph is overseen and administered by the Office of the Vice-Provost (Students Affairs) in consultation with the Sexual Violence Advisory Committee (Students). The Call for 2023-2024 Funding Proposals is now closed.

Past projects and programs that have received funds include (but are not limited to):

  • Community-based sexual violence counselling services provided for students on and off campus by Women In Crisis (Guelph)
  • SAFE (Sexual Assault Free Environment) Programming and Sexual Violence Education and Awareness Committee Programming
  • Campus Safety Apps
  • Sexual Violence Support Training and Professional Development for Students, Staff, and Faculty

Additional information about this grant can be obtained by emailing the Office of the Vice-Provost (Student Affairs) at

The University of Guelph emphasizes its commitment to inclusive excellence and fostering a campus that supports the diversity and unique characteristics of all its members. To achieve this, they have established the Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) Enhancement Fund, a $200,000 initiative aimed at promoting equity, diversity, inclusion, Indigenization, and accessibility within the university community. The fund allows current members of the university (faculty, staff, and students) as well as academic departments or administrative units to submit proposals for projects that address barriers to participation for equity-deserving groups. These groups include women, gender diverse people, members of the 2SLGBTQIA+ community, Indigenous, Black, and other racialized groups, persons with disabilities, and religious groups.

Visit the Office of Human Rights & Development’s website for more information about the fund.

If you have questions, email or phone 519-824-4120 x 53000.

Funds were established in recognition of Gordon Nixon and his outstanding contributions in supporting student life, alumni activities, and fundraising at the University. This is an annual grant with funding of up to $10,000 made available to one or more campus-based student organization(s).

Visit the Student Experience website for more information about the Gordon Nixon Leadership Award

Students can inquire with the leaders of their respective Student Government Organizations regarding any available funding opportunities:

Recognized student organizations and clubs, registered students, and University departments are eligible to apply for a SLEF grant. Funds are designed specifically for non-academic initiatives on or off campus, and are allocated to support participating in or providing initiatives designed to enrich the student experience. There are two opportunities to submit applications to the Student Life Enhancement Fund each academic year. 

Student Volunteer Connections (SVC) aims to reduce barriers to volunteering, and each year allocates a portion of its budget to help make volunteering more accessible. By subsidizing some of the associated costs with local volunteering, SVC aims to promote, support, and foster student volunteerism. Subsidies are available in the Fall and Winter Semesters. The application deadline is on the 40th class day of the semester, and the successful applicants will receive their funding on the last day of classes.

Get more information about Student Volunteer Subsidies.

If you have questions, email or phone 519-824-4120 Ext. 58104.

Student Financial Services is committed to seeing that Guelph students have the opportunity to experience different cultures and communities while providing experiences to enhance learning. Travel Grants are used to offset additional costs associated with travelling, such as airfare, vaccinations and travel insurance costs.

Visit the Student Financial Services' website for more information about Travel Grants

The University of Guelph Alumni Association (UGAA) Student Experience Fund is an opportunity established by the University of Guelph Alumni Association (UGAA) in support of the unique and important experience of student engagement at the University of Guelph. Specifically intended to nurture a culture of volunteerism, diversity, inclusivity, and civic engagement among the student body.